We are looking for a highly motivated individual capable of dealing with the demanding responsibilities of the council’s democratic processes.
You will take the lead for one of the council’s two scrutiny committees and work flexibly across the function to ensure the council delivers robust and effective scrutiny. You will ensure the smooth running of committee meetings and related processes. You will be responsible for all activities related to the scrutiny function, such as the annual work planning process. You will also take the lead for any task groups, and play a key role in the annual budget scrutiny task group. There will be opportunities to work regionally with scrutiny colleagues.
You will work with members, strategic directors, governance colleagues and stakeholders to lead the business of scrutiny, with the objective of ensuring the council delivers priorities and secures improvements, in line with the Borough Plan 2021/22.
The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of how local government works. You will able to provide constitutional advice on the council’s decision-making processes, ensuring high standards of service and governance are upheld.
You will be innovative, positive and drive improvement. You will have, or will develop, the policy expertise and insight necessary to support the committee. You will forge and maintain excellent working relationships with councillors, senior officers, governance colleagues and fellow team members. You will have strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, political awareness, tact and diplomacy, attention to detail, an ability to think logically and plan ahead and work with the minimum of supervision. Reliability and calmness under pressure are prerequisites, given that the role often involves working to tight deadlines.
The council’s meetings are held in the evening and a flexible approach and regular attendance at evening meetings is a requirement of this post.
This post is politically restricted
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.